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Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge: Your Complete Guide!

Learn all about the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some projects you can make.

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see some ideas for this formula, including glitter glasses.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge

It’s always hard to pick my favorite of the Mod Podge formulas, and it definitely depends on the day. However, I will say that Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is definitely always a front runner, and for good reason. What other decoupage formula can you WASH?!

There isn’t one.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is the decoupage formula that you can apply to glass, ceramic, and metal – and then you’ll be able to wash the item. And when I say “put in the dishwasher,” I mean on the top rack after it cures.

This water based formula is indoor/outdoor durable (though I typically use Outdoor Mod Podge for outdoor projects).

Does it really work? Absolutely!

I’ve tested many projects with this formula, and if you follow the instructions EXACTLY, your item can be washed in the dishwasher.

If you are wondering about instructions, here you go. These are the steps you should follow for success:

  1. Clean your project surface. I wash glass, ceramic, and metal with warm soapy water – rinse thoroughly, and let dry. If your piece is too large, using rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean.
  2. Roll your bottle on the table to mix it.
  3. Open and use a soft bristle brush to apply the finish to the surface and the back of the design element.
  4. While the Mod Podge is still wet, place the design onto the surface and smooth.
  5. Do not apply the design element where it can be in contact with food or your lips. For example, apply to the back of a glass plate or 1/4″ down from the edge of a cup.
  6. Let dry for 1- 2 hours and then apply 2 – 3 more coats. Let dry 1 – 2 hours between coats.
  7. Cure your project for 28 days.
  8. Wash by hand or in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Now that you’ve gotten the skinny on how to use it, here are some common questions I get about the formula. I’ve provided the answers to the best of my ability!

Questions About Dishwasher Safe Gloss

1. Isn’t all Mod Podge dishwasher safe? Why do I need a special formula?

This is a common misconception. All Mod Podges are not dishwasher safe. For example, Outdoor formula is highly water-resistant but not waterproof. If you want to be able to wash a decoupaged item in the dishwasher, you need this formula!

2. Is Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge also microwave safe?

Negative. You shouldn’t microwave anything you make with this formula.

3. What is the finish of this formula?

It is Glossy – so shiny. You can see what a Mod Podge glossy finish looks like here.

4. What sizes does the formula come in?

It comes in 8 ounce and 16 ounce. You can find out where to buy this formula (amongst others) here.

5. What is the cure time – when can I wash my project?

You need to wait 28 days. Not 10 or 17 or 26 – 28! Please wait the full time frame for the best results.

6. Do I really have to wait 28 days for it to cure?

Yes. Cure time is different than dry time. Dry is dry to the touch. Curing is a chemical strengthening process you can’t rush.

7. I waited the cure time and my project messed up!

You may not have put on enough layers of Mod Podge, or they may not have been thick enough. Or if you didn’t clean your surface before beginning, regular oils from hands and other things can cause the formula not to adhere appropriately.

8. Why can’t the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge touch my food or lips?

While it is waterbase and non-toxic (so it won’t hurt you), it’s not FDA approved food-safe. it would be very unusual for a glue to be approved for use with food! So please keep it away from anything edible.

9. How do I prepare my surface to apply this formula?

Clean with warm soapy water if the item is small – or use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls, especially if the item is larger.

10. Can I still use the formula on wood?

Yes you can. Having said that, you aren’t going to want to wash a piece of wood in the dishwasher. If this is the only formula you have, you can still use it like regular Mod Podge.

11. Can I use Dishwasher Safe with vinyl?

No, you don’t want to use any Mod Podge formula with permanent or temporary vinyl. Vinyl is a plastic and Mod Podge is an acrylic product, and those don’t seal plastic very well.

Permanent vinyl doesn’t need to be sealed typically – which is why it’s called permanent. I’m not a vinyl expert though! I would make sure your vinyl is dishwasher safe if that is what is you are looking for.

12. Where can I purchase it?

This formula is available on, Michaels, or online at

Are you ready for some project ideas using Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge? Check out the links below!

Ready to try Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge? Here are some awesome projects you can start with!

Let me know your favorite projects or any questions you might have in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other Mod Podge formulas:


Wednesday 16th of March 2022

I make Velcro patches for teams. I print the pattern on mailing labels with an inkjet printer and stick them on the hook side of the velcro. Will the dishwasher safe also be machine washable?


Thursday 24th of March 2022

Hi Joseph! I would use something way stronger for that, given that Velcro has some plastic in it and Mod Podge doesn't work well with polymers. I think there would be a better product that I would ask about at the fabric store . . . Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is more for decoupage on items that you would like to wash in the dishwasher, top rack. It's not meant for these type of applications! Thank you.

Mary Evans

Sunday 2nd of January 2022

Can you use a Transparent ceramic paint over the dishwasher safe medium?


Wednesday 5th of January 2022

That is a good question - I'm not sure. If you are talking about for firing it, no - you can't fire Dishwasher Safe. Which I think you need to do to that ceramic paint to make it work?

Courtney Miller

Thursday 30th of December 2021

Is there a way to remove disheasher safe modge podge from a ceramic deviled egg plate? I painted it on 12 hours ago and I sat it in our mini oven to dry (i know but its only place to keep my tiny humans from touching) and well my hubby didn't see it in the oven and turned it on to preheat.....

Long story short: I have brown discovered spots all over it and its an egg plate so its not easily "scraped off" Can the modge podge be removed? If so, what do I use?


Friday 31st of December 2021

Hi Courtney! I have a post about that: I would try soaking it. Although with the baking, I don't know if that will work. I've never experienced the brown issue. Sorry that happened to you!


Saturday 27th of November 2021

I was thinking about using mod podge for making tumblers, do you recommend this? if so what do you think is the best way to go about this?


Monday 6th of December 2021

Hi Meaghan! The Mod Podge works great if you want to do something like this: or something like this:

If you want to do one that is more durable, you can use the resin:

It's really up to personal preference! The resin is longer lasting.

Lynne A.

Monday 8th of November 2021

Nice information.Quick question, what Mod Podge do I use to glue fabric to flip flops? Thank you in advance for your answer.


Tuesday 9th of November 2021

We have a tutorial here! Having said that, you don't have to use the fabric formula. You can use Gloss or Matte.